Dom Ricks, who has been the Dean of Students at Glacier Creek since early 2018, has been named the principal at Kromrey Middle School starting July 1.
Ricks previously taught eighth-grade literacy in the Verona Area School District and also taught middle school in his home state of Louisiana. Ricks will become the first black principal in Middleton.
“We are thrilled that Dom has accepted the position,” Assistant Superintendent Sherri Cyra said in a statement. “We are excited for the future of Kromrey students, families, and staff members under Dom’s leadership.’’
Ricks was named Teacher of the Year at his Louisiana middle school in 2015. He was also recognized nationally on PBS that same year as a Louisiana American Graduate for going home to teach students from a similar background as his.
He has done a TED Talk discussing his views on educational equity and recently completed his master’s degree in K-12 Administration from UW-Madison with a focus on social justice. He is currently pursuing Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Pupil Services licenses.
Twenty-four educators applied for the Kromrey principal position and seven were interviewed by the District. Ricks will replace Steve Soeteber, who is retiring after 18 years in the District.